The 7 Best Beds of 2021
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Considering most of us spend a whopping one-third of our lifetimes sleeping (or at least lying in bed), it goes without saying—a supportive and comfortable bed is a key investment in your home’s furnishings…and it certainly doesn’t hurt if it looks good, too.
Whether your home décor style is minimalist, traditional, modern, or glam, these bed frames can transform your bedroom from home office/secondary kitchen/TV room/family room to a restful, relaxing oasis. The right bed frame can make a huge difference in your sleep quality, but you have to practice good sleep hygiene, too. Just remember: In order to get a good night’s sleep, you should only use your bed for sleep and sex. That means no more binge-watching, snacking, or surfing social media in bed.
Best Upholstered: Baxton Studio Hirst Platform Bed
Upholstered beds add a sophisticated, lux feeling to your bedroom, while also providing the support that you need for a restful night’s sleep. Available in both a light grey and a neutral beige, this platform bed balances style with practicality, pairing well with a variety of different décor styles. Details like silver nailhead studding and tufting add a bit of modern edge to an otherwise simple frame, while polyurethane foam padding throughout ensures comfort and safety.
This bed frame has a slatted base, so a box spring isn’t required to complete it. However, many reviewers recommend adding one, as the frame is a bit lower to the ground than they were expecting (and since the headboard is fairly tall, a higher mattress won’t look out of place). They also note that assembly was surprisingly easy, generally taking thirty minutes or less.
Best Minimalist: Zinus Modern Studio Metal Bed Frame
If you’re on a tight budget or love minimalist style, check out this metal frame platform bed from Zinus. Starting at only $95 for a twin-sized frame, it defines a minimalist style with a simple design, clean lines, and no-frills. Even if you’re not into minimalism, this bedframe’s simplicity makes it incredibly versatile; pair it with crisp, cotton linens for a traditional look or colorful, textured linens for a bohemian or eclectic vibe.
Although the frame is built from metal, the mattress is supported by 10 wooden slats, which prevent sagging and can help increase the mattress’s lifetime. Since it has slats, you don’t need to use a box spring.
Real-life customers tout this bedframe’s sturdiness, ease of assembly and excellent value. Plus, it has about one foot of clearance between the bottom side rail and floor, so you can store out-of-season clothing, extra linens and more underneath.
Best Basic: Zinus Alexia Wood Platform Bed
If you’re looking for style and simplicity, this wood platform bed fits the bill—and it has a great price tag, too. This pick from Zinus can work with any budget, any sized space and any style of home décor.
Built with a solid wood frame and wooden slats, this platform bed is designed for use with or without a box spring foundation. If you opt to ditch the box spring, the wooden slats will provide support to your latex, memory foam or traditional spring mattress. This bed is not designed for use with a headboard or footboard, however, so you may want to keep shopping if you prefer a more traditional look.
At only 12-inches tall, this platform bed has a low, modern profile, but it’ll be tough to store gear underneath. Reviewers share that there are only six inches between the bottom of the side rail and the floor.
Our favorite feature? If you have any issues with the bedframe, Zinus offers a five year, worry-free warranty.
Best Modern: Zinus Paul Metal & Wood Platform Bed
A simple, metal frame and a warm, wooden headboard make this platform bed from Zinus our top pick for modern style. Featuring a low profile, this platform bed is designed for use without a box spring; wooden slats provide support, prevent sagging and increase the longevity of your memory foam, hybrid, latex or traditional spring mattress.
Customers cite this bedframe’s excellent quality, sturdiness, ease of assembly and low price tag. Plus, they love that the headboard is manufactured with authentic wood planks. We love its simple design, versatility (it can work with nearly every style of home décor!) and value.
Plus, if you experience any issues with this bed frame, Zinus offers a five year, worry-free warranty.
“The Paul bed comes with three center support legs so you don’t have to worry about stability. We tested the strength of these steel supports by jumping on the bed, naturally. In our test, the frame barely moved and it didn’t even creak. On top of that, the non-slip tape held up, keeping the mattress firmly in place.”—Rebekah Joan, Product Tester
Best Canopy: Zipcode Design Dolson Queen Canopy Bed
Canopy beds can add drama, whimsy, and romance to any space—and this canopy bed from Laurel Foundry is no exception. Made in a modern farmhouse still, the Jerri Canopy Bed adds just the right amount of character to your typical canopy bed model. It includes both a panel head and footboard and is compatible with any king or queen mattress of your choice (including those with an adjustable base). It doesn’t have slats, so you’ll need to use a box spring as your support.
Reviewers praise the bed for its affordability and sturdiness, along with how easy it is to customize: since the canopy bars detach, you can easily add fabric panels or curtains. Set-up took about four hours for most.
Do note that the finish on the black metal is matte, which is more likely to show scuff marks and scratches. One reviewer recommends keeping a bottle of matte black spray paint on hand for touch-ups.
Best Wood: West Elm West Elm Mid-Century Bed Frame
Hunting down the perfect vintage mid-century bed—affordable, in good condition, and versatile enough to fit in with your existing bedroom décor—can be a grueling process. Luckily, West Elm stocks a variety of mid-century inspired pieces that look beautiful and will stand the test of time.
One of our favorite mid-century beds is their Mid-Century Bed in Acorn, which combines the best of retro design with modern construction practices. The contract-grade frame is constructed of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, which is then kiln-dried to prevent warping. Next, it’s coated in a non-toxic, water-based Acorn finish, which adds a nice glossy finish to the piece. A pine slatted base accommodates most mattresses and box springs, though West Elm recommends going box spring-free for a more vintage, low to the ground look.
Reviewers were generally happy with the style and feel of this bed, saying that, if you assemble it correctly, the construction is sound. While it may sit lower than other frames, it still has enough space for under-the-bed storage (though, since it features an extra beam for support, storage space is more limited for King-sized beds). This frame does not accommodate California Kings.
Best Storage: Darby Home Co. Devitt Tufted Upholstered Storage Platform Bed
Storage beds don’t have to be clunky—just take a look at Wayfair’s Devitt Platform Bed. This studded upholstered frame pairs an elegant headboard silhouette with an incredibly useful storage base, which contained four large drawers to hold everything from linens and summer clothes to photo albums and toys. For added versatility, the headboard can be adjusted to three different heights (54, 57 or 60-inch), and you can opt for two drawers instead of four. It comes in two different neutral shades, classic ivory and a charcoal gray. It accommodates Queen, King, and California King mattresses, and, thanks to its wooden slats, can be used with or without a box spring.
According to reviewers, this bed lives up to its promises, providing a super sturdy—not to mention practical—construction that’s also easy on the eyes. The general consensus on set-up time was an hour and a half; the frame comes partially constructed, which drastically reduces the burden.
One factor to consider when buying is that the storage drawers are only about a foot away from the headboard base. If you have nightstands or anything else next to your bed, it might prove difficult to completely open the drawers.
If you’re looking for an attractive and affordable bed frame, we recommend the Baxton Studio Hirst Platform Bed (view at Amazon). The handsome, upholstered headboard and nailhead studding are beautiful details that dress up a relatively simple frame. However, if you want something more minimal, opt for the Zinus Modern Studio Metal Bed Frame (view at Walmart) instead.
Material Beds can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, faux wood, and fabric. There are pros and cons to each in terms of durability, maintenance, stability, and cost. For instance, real wood is stronger and more durable than composite wood, but it’s often heavier. Think about your personal priorities when considering beds made of different materials.
Support When shopping for a bed, look at what kind of support it provides for your mattress. Some beds have a comprehensive set of support beams, allowing you to put a mattress directly on top of them. Others have fewer slats, meaning you’ll need to use a boxspring.
Style Naturally, the style and appearance of a bed is a huge consideration while shopping. You’ll want to ensure that the design matches your decor, but be cautious of buying an overly trendy model that you’ll get sick of in a few years.